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Tax Credit and Opportunity Scholarships 2018-04-25T10:00:41+00:00

About the Programs

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program provides scholarships to residents of Berks County who pay tuition to attend kindergarten through 12th grade in public or private schools located in Pennsylvania.

The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program provides scholarships to residents of Berks County who reside within the attendance boundary of a state-defined low-achieving school and plan to attend a school that is participating in the program.

Applications for the 2018 -2019 School Year Distribution:

Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program

Click here to apply 5/15/18 – 5/31/18

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

Click here to apply 5/15/18 – 5/31/18

2017 -2018 School Year Distribution:

Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program

199 applications received

17 students from 14 families received $77,910 in scholarships (the highest household income for a recipient’s family was $11,442)

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

168 applications received

40 students from 29 families received $147,377.60 in scholarships (the highest household income for a new scholarship recipient was $13,047)

Private School Tuition Assistance Fund

One student received $3,900

Total $229,187.60

About the Donors

The amount available for distribution each year is based on the amount donated to the Community Foundation for the program by businesses. The businesses receive a Pennsylvania state tax credit for their donation.

Donors for the 2017-2018 distribution year:

BB&T
Canada Dry Delaware Valley Bottling
Customers Bank
First Priority Bank
Fulton Bank – Great Valley Division
Lift Inc.
M&T Bank
Meridian Bank
Orrstown Bank
PNC Financial Services Group
Rawden Joint Ventures Inc.
Reading Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Riverview Bank
UGI Storage Company
UGI Utilities Inc.
UHS of Pennsylvania Inc.
UPMC Health Plan
Weis Markets Inc.
Westmarc Cable Holdings Inc.